Walker of special needs child found in alley damaged, returned to family

Posted at 3:51 PM, Aug 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-10 09:43:14-04

A good Samaritan who didn't want to be identified returned the stolen walker of the special needs child to News Channel 25 on Tuesday night.

According to Waco Police, someone stole the walker who belonged to Aadin from the family’s home located in the 1200 block of N. 12th on August 6.

The woman who returned it said she found the walker a few days ago in an alley near her home. News Channel 25 took the walker to the mom of the 8-year-old after it received it. However, the walker was broken when it was returned.

"I'm very surprised.I can't help to wonder where it has been this whole time because it did turn up. I guess just don't understand why someone would take it to take it apart," Aadin's mom Nancy Macias said."I guess I'm happy that it was returned but I'm upset that it was taken in the first place."

Aadin suffers from a rare disease that requires him to use a Pedi Gait Trainer that helps him learn how to walk. He is also considered legally blind and has autism, according to Macias.

Aadin's mom said the last time they saw the walker was two weeks ago but they noticed it was missing when they reported it to police on Saturday.

"It was shock and when the shock wore off, I was more hurt than anything. That someone would take something so important," Macias said.

According to Macias, the walker allowed Aadin to take steps he can't take on his own.

"He doesn't have much that he can enjoy and that's one of the few things is taking his walks and getting around the house by himself and now that has been taken from him," Macias said.

Macias said Aadin had gotten the walker last October through Medicaid.

“Firstly… it’s not something we can easily afford and it took a really long time,” said Aadin’s mother Nancy Macias on a Facebook post.

“Aadin’s sensory issues make it hard for him to adjust to anything new or different and could set him back drastically in the progress he’s made,” said Macias on the GiveForward page.

On Tuesday night, Macias said she would try to get it repaired. If it can't be repaired, she planned using the money raised from her GiveForward campaign to replace it. The rest of the money will go toward Aadin's medical needs, including a five-week stay at a Dallas hospital for intensive therapy in October.

Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to call Waco Police.

The thief will face a Class A Misdemeanor theft charge when caught.

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